Monday, 29 March 2021

Sustainable womenswear designer Bozena Jankowska launches her 2021 collection

 Award winning sustainable womenswear designer Bozena Jankowska is kicking off her 2021 new limited edition, womenswear collection schedule with the launch of new blazer styles. This will be coupled with a complimentary online concierge service that offers clients a personalised shopping and styling experience that helps them to order with confidence online.

The blazer launch is the first of several new collection launches she will be making throughout the year independent of the fashion calendar schedule.  Driven by a desire to cater to women who want different and who have a passion for craftsmanship, local production, and sustainability, Bozena is known for her sartorial collections and eye-catching combinations of fabrics and buttons. 

Designing across the year and working to small scale production with European sourced surplus fabrics, the first Spring blazers will be made available to order in limited quantities from Monday, 22nd March, 2021.  Bozena’s new blazer designs are a continuing celebration of women who are not afraid to express themselves through their individual style and want to be different. They give the wearer a strong yet feminine silhouette.  Bozena’s bold choice of differentiated summer weight fabrics, which feature linen and light boucle, combined with contrasting statement buttons, create a powerful combination that make each piece stand out, but for all the right reasons.  

“By producing in limited quantities, I am creating something that is special because only a few people will own the same pieces, and my clients love that”, said Bozena. She continued to say “I do not do cookie cutter fashion. Making in small quantities and to order, I am able to limit our environmental footprint and focus on creating pieces that are desirable and incredible to wear - where fit and quality of finish is paramount. My clients love all the details that make our pieces so special.”

The online concierge service is an extension of the face-to-face personalised service Bozena offers to clients and is designed to give clients confidence with their purchasing decision.  Carried out via Zoom it involves Bozena personally taking the customer through the shopping experience answering questions on fit, sizing and showcasing the collections in live detail and offering styling advice. 

“With pop-up shop opportunities remaining uncertain, the online service is a great way for me to connect with exiting and new clients and create for them a unique and intimate shopping experience. It’s a win-win for my clients and the environment as it means customers are delighted with their purchase and ensures our rate of returns continues to remain at less than 1%”, says Bozena.

Bozena’s background has not always been in fashion. Prior to starting her label in 2017, she was one of the pioneers in the development of the sustainable investment industry in the UK which spanned over 16 years. Whilst working in finance she always had a love of fashion, style and a keen interest in the creativity that it involved. Yet, she felt limited by the very few sustainable fashion options that offered women clothes that were different, stylish and crafted to an exceptional quality. When Bozena decided to launch her label, she knew that sustainability must be at core of the label in tandem driven by her passion for creativity, craftsmanship and quality.

“In launching my label, I set out to design and create pieces which would give women the choice to own stylish, sustainable, wardrobe heroes that are an investment – something which I lacked. I recognised that women want clothes that gave them the freedom to express their own individuality and uniqueness, and which look and feet good with minimum effort. I want women who choose to wear my deigns to feel fully equipped to be confident, strong and considered. I believe that the 2021 collections starting with the blazers, I will be giving them just that”, said Bozena.

Bozena Jankowska’s collections can be viewed here, new blazers here and details on her online service here.

Campaign images were styled by Natalie Charlotte Turner @nataliecharlotteturner; photography by Hector Martinez,; hair and make up by Lucian Buium @lucianbuium and model Joyce Weiss Evans, @joyce_weiss_evans

Bozena Jankowska

Award winning (link) London based slow fashion label Bozena Jankowska is passionate about sustainability and social issues boasting over 1,000 customers. Individuality, uniqueness and personalisation are at it’s core working with the likes of Holly Whilloughby, Davina McCall, Sara Jane-Mee and Sally Philips. Bozena specialised in sustainable and responsible investment previously managing $1bn in a global franchise. She has brought this knowledge and vision for a better future to the brand. At the height of COVID Bozena made individual facemasks raising over £3K for NHS charities. Over £10,000 has been raised for charities with collaboration such as Buglife. 

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Sara Quayle Safety Launches Online Infant and Child First aid Course for Parents.

 In the latest step of endeavours Sara Quayle Safety is launching her online infant and child first aid course for parents, grandparents and babysitter. This course will be part of a number of products around first aid and safety for families. It is new to the market and the registration details can be found below it is going to ease the problems faced by parents and in particular mothers around getting first aid information in an easy, accessible, clear way and making sure that first aid is at the top of their “to-do” list!

It is an online course and part of Sara Quayle Safety’s online learning platform, it is in sections that are easy to digest, there are 5 modules that are in video form that can be stopped and started as required. The user can keep the course for 18 months and it is updated as needed when first aid advice changes.

This product launched this month, it will be available now for parents and grandparents and there will be more like this over the next year. We have received some wonderful feedback already and look forward to facilitating parents learning of these vital skills.

It was developed as Sara felt that there was a big gap in the market, Sara teaches many first aid course in the workplace and has found that parents are always wanting to know about paediatric first aid, although time is limited on theses course Sara always made sure that they got the information required. The students also told her that they were going to then tell their partners at home about what they have learnt. The main reason, when asked why they haven’t done a first aid course for parents was 1) time and 2) not knowing how to access the information. She believes that everyone has a right to gain access to life saving skills.

Therefore, the course was born! Sara worked with a Paediatric nurse (mother of 4) and a then heavily pregnant camera woman (now mummy to a wonderful baby boy) to get this course produced.

Many mothers have a long to do list and unfortunately basic lifesaving skills slip to the bottom of that list. A recent survey conducted by the Red Cross stated that only 4% of people they talked to were confident to help someone in a first aid situation. Another report also revealed that 72% of parents across the UK wouldn’t know how to assist an unconscious child, administer CPR or attend to burns and scalds. My aim is to get that information across in a way that will allow first aid to be at the top of that list!

Knowing what to do if your child is injured, choking or sick will give vital confidence, therefore less worry to any parent. Allowing days out to be fun and more relaxed as they will have learnt the skills and probably the biggest one for mothers, less guilt around not knowing what to do!

Because the course is online it is very easy to use and revisit as you need. It has some wonderful downloadable resources that can be kept and a prompt sheet that can be laminated and kept on the fridge. 

Sara Quayle Safety has been running for nearly 5 years. Sara is passionate about workplace and home safety. She has worked in health and safety for over 15 years in industries including, railway, construction, manufacturing and schools, she has honed her skills as a first aid instructor during this time, all after serving 13 years in the Royal Navy. She is also a mother to 2 children, so understands the pain point of looking after risk adverse children and that long “to do” list!

The injury and fatality rate in the work place is coming down due to legislation, training, new product design etc, so in theory your work place should be the safest place you can be.  Step outside of this and we are on our own a bit more, this is why she wants to get information out to people in and around the home to help with safety and first aid.

07989851416 online infant and child 1st aid course for parent, grandparent and babysitters.

Sara Quayle -Managing Director of Safety Quayle Safety (Intelevation Ltd)

Sara is the Managing Director of Sara Quayle Safety. Sara Quayle Safety helps companies and individuals with safety and first aid for work, home and adventure. Sara specialising in height safety, rescue and first aid. 

Responsible for the company’s three sub divisions, workplace health and safety courses, consultancy and first aid and home safety for families, Sara spreads her time between the three parts of the business helping clients to attain and maintain compliance in the work place, delivery of both online and face to face training and supporting families with first aid and household safety.  She is the first point of contact with in the company and a key part of her role is to listen to every client’s individual needs before the best, concise, relevant and most cost-effective solution is recommended.

Before establishing Sara Quayle Safety in January 2016, Sara worked as a height safety and rescue instructor/consultant for a highly regarded and established height safety company. This took her all over the UK and Europe, teaching in construction, mining, railway and manufacturing industries. Prior to this Sara served 13 years in the Royal Navy as a Petty Officer in an Above Water Warfare Tactical role. Dealing with radar and weapon system in both maintenance and operation. She then made her way to the Royal Navy Fire School to teach firefighting principals and chemistry of fire to tri-services for shipborne firefighting, this is where she found her love of teaching.

Sara holds her CertEd from Portsmouth University and her NEBOSH in both general and construction. She also holds her SMSTS, first aid & H&S qualifications. She also studied International Disaster Management at Bournemouth University

When not working Sara loves to Run, with a few marathons already under her belt, spending time with her children and of course great food and drink.

In the press.

Sara has contributed to articles in RBS Homewise for Landlords and making your rental property child friendly.

Sara was asked by Sage to give advice on setting up a side hustle, Increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter

IOSH Magazine March/April 2021. This was a personal case study on Sara looking at her journey from military to health and safety.

EnviroBuild will become carbon neutral by engaging sustainable logistics company

 EnviroBuild Materials Ltd is moving warehousing and logistics to champions of sustainability, Howard Tenens Logistics. Howard Tenens Logistics are a quality focused, independent family business delivering mutual value through great people, collaboration and technology.

It's a bold step to further progress the company’s mission to become a carbon-neutral company. Howard Tenens is a trailblazer in sustainable logistics and EnviroBuild is set to embrace and benefit from the company’s experience and achievements.

EnviroBuild has been supplying the construction industry with eco-friendly building materials such as cladding, decking and fencing for thousands of homes throughout the UK. The company is firmly committed to offering high-quality sustainable products which are consistently the preferred choice of architects, landscapers and construction firms.

In addition to providing innovative products which are the desirable choice for the environment, EnviroBuild has been donating 10% of profits to sustainable initiatives in the community since 2015. Sustainability is at the heart of everything the company does as well as providing high-quality products and an excellent customer experience.

The selection of Howard Tenens Logistics followed an extensive search for a logistics company which would meet the sustainability ethos and high standards of EnviroBuild.

Howard Tenens Logistics sustainability track record is impressive. The company utilises longer and double-deck trailers to reduce trips and 95% of its fleet meets the latest Euro 6 emission standard (as of November 2020). The company is proactive about welcoming new innovations and low carbon technologies.

Co-founder James Brueton comments: “At EnviroBuild, we are always looking for new ways to improve our sustainability offering across all areas of the business. The move to Howard Tenens Logistics is doing just that and we are excited to work with a logistics company that puts sustainability at its core.”

Essentially, EnviroBuild is seeking to reduce its carbon footprint in terms of product storage and deliveries as well as prevent the increase of greenhouse gases. By addressing both of these issues, EnviroBuild’s aim is to move further towards becoming a carbon-neutral company and play a part in improving the earth’s climate.

Howard Tenens Logistics is a leader in sustainable logistics. Like EnviroBuild, its mission is to consistently find solutions to reduce its environmental impact as well as help its customers meet their own environmental reduction goals.

The company’s credentials include being an early adopter of dual-fuel vehicles as well as conducting the first trial of the Scania 26-tonne rigid dedicated gas vehicle in the UK. Howard Tenens Logistics is a multi-award-winning organisation dedicated to ensuring that vehicle efficiency is improved at all times as well as embracing new fuels and technologies when they meet strict criteria. For example, Howard Tenens Logistics is considering the viability of using cleaner transport fuels such as HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) which can be used in existing engines without modification and can reduce CO2 emissions by 92% compared to diesel.

Delivery vehicles are selected based on their whole life cost and environmental impact. When vehicles need replacing, the latest Euro-standard engines are purchased, ensuring that the environmental impact is constantly being addressed and reduced.

Significant investment has been made in the latest tracking technology. This enables Howard Tenens Logistics to monitor vehicle and driver performance effectively and consistently so that potential issues can be addressed swiftly and efficiently.

EnviroBuild will benefit from Howard Tenens Logistics’ use of longer and double-deck trailers which mean fewer trips for the same amount of payload and less impact on the environment. EnviroBuild will also utilise the logistics company’s 26-tonne rigid vehicles which operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). The advantage of switching to biogas is that it delivers an 81% reduction in CO2. All biogas is purchased by Howard Tenens Logistics via the Green Gas Certification scheme to maximise the environmental advantages.

Howard Tenens Logistics has also invested heavily in energy efficiency measures in its warehousing facilities. This includes an ongoing scheme to replace all inefficient lighting with LED lights as well as installing solar photovoltaic systems to generate and provide free electricity for all the company’s sites.

As well as considering the use of HVO, future initiatives include ongoing discussions with manufacturers regarding new product development for the van and light commercial vehicle sector. Howard Tenens Logistics is keen to continually push forwards on its mission of sustainability and source hybrid and electric vehicle solutions so a trial can be conducted at one of its depots. For EnviroBuild, this proactive philosophy towards consistent improvement and innovation made Howard Tenens stand out from its competitors.

EnviroBuild is delighted with its new relationship with Howard Tenens Logistics, which it views as closely matching its own ethos on environmental issues and objectives. The move is a significant step towards the company’s goal of becoming carbon neutral.

The transmission of EnviroBuild’s logistics capability to Howard Tenens Logistics will be completed by the end of the year.


Quality sustainable building materials without compromise

EnviroBuild is the UK’s leading builders' merchant for sustainable building materials. They apply the latest technological innovations to provide highly engineered and lasting environmentally friendly solutions over traditional building materials. With over 60 years of experience in the construction industry, EnviroBuild are leaders in their field, and providing a quality experience for customers is at the core of their values. Their highly trained expert team are on-hand to help customers at every stage of their project, from take-off to completion.

Most recently, EnviroBuild launched new composite decking boards to join the Pioneer and Frontier lines in the highly successful Hyperion range. Hyperion Explorer has on one side a luxury, authentic textured wood grain effect and on the other a traditional grooved finish, giving homeowners the choice for their garden project. The game-changing Hyperion decking boards, in addition to the cladding and fencing ranges of the same name, are now produced using renewable wind energy as well. These latest changes to the production method mean that Hyperion composite decking boards will now produce a whopping 59.67% less carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) across its lifetime than maintained timber deck boards.

Within the high-rise construction industry, EnviroBuild is not standing still either. The new 150 Aqua Channel aluminium decking system is their newest revolutionising non-combustible system on the market complying with the newest fire legislations. The decking boards can be installed alongside built-in drainage for effortless upkeep. Its modern take on decking means a flush insert can provide a smooth and continuous look or be removed to create a more traditional look of gapped individual boards. This ensures 150 Aqua-Channel caters to all preferences and can be used to create versatile designs.

Given the innovative nature of these materials and others EnviroBuild supplies, it is no surprise that the products are distributed across thousands of homes in the UK and are increasingly becoming the first choice for contractors, architects, landscapers, and construction firms. In 2020 alone, EnviroBuild brought on six new commercial projects during lockdown including Taylor Wimpey’s new homes development at Innsworth and CALA homes construction in Cheltenham. EnviroBuild also featured in the Guardian and on ITV. Their garden furniture collection - Galleon - was also recommended by the Independent and in 2020 saw a massive 250% increase on 2019 sales.

The business turned over £13 million in its last financial year and in quarter two of 2020 EnviroBuild reported a 45% increase in revenue on 2019’s figures and that increased even further in quarter three with a 51% rise in revenue via the retail sales division.

Above all, EnviroBuild’s mission remains to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry by providing high quality products that are consistently the better environmental choice over current traditional products on the market. For every product EnviroBuild sells, a pragmatic approach is taken to manufacture a commercially viable product with significant environmental benefits; whether using high levels of recycled material, renewable energy in production or intelligent design to reduce input material in finished goods without compromising a long operational life.

These careful assessments naturally resulted in several awards highlighting the company’s sustainable efforts. In 2018, EnviroBuild had been awarded the Federation of Small Business London Ethical and Green Business of the Year awards,  and was presented with the Golden Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice within the “Building & Construction, Innovation” category at the International Green Apple Environment Awards. Most recently, they won the West London Business Award in the “Green Circular Economy Business of the Year” category at the start of 2021.

EnviroBuild also dedicates 10% of profits to sustainable causes, which is unmatched in the industry. From the beginning they have been supporting Rainforest Trust in their mission to protect endangered rainforests and species. They recently celebrated their 5th year of donations to the organisation and with those contributions protected nearly 250,000 acres equating to over 62million trees across Africa, South America, Central America and Asia.

EnviroBuild are true industry leaders in progressing the sustainability and environmental impact within the construction industry.

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Awards won:

  • 2018: Federation of Small Business London Awards - Ethical and Green Business of the Year
  • 2018: International Green Apple Environment Awards – Golden Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice within the Building & Construction, Innovation category
  • 2021: West London Business Awards – Green Circular Economy Business of the Year


For more information, visit

Friday, 19 March 2021

‘Hope’: Original lino print for Spring and Easter by Hannah Turlington

Hannah Turlington launches her original lino print especially for Easter and the coming of Spring. Living and working in North Yorkshire, Hannah is a printmaker who is driven to create by her love of colour, nature and life’s stories. ‘Hope’ is one of her 2021 series of word lino prints, inspired by the elements of human nature that we search for.

Hope means different things to different people and during turbulent times in our lives we cling onto those signs and that word Hope.

A dictionary definition of hope is: 'the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best'. When used as a verb it means: 'to look forward to with desire and with reasonable confidence' Or 'to believe, desire or trust'.

At different times we look for those physical signs of hope, sometimes they are something tangible...sometimes they are a feeling. Creating 'Hope' has been the inspiration behind her original lino print. Hannah wanted to create something that would resonate with lots of people.  Hannah says; ‘We all need to search for those signs of hope and hold onto them tight so no one can take them away’.


 ‘Hope’ is part of the words lino print collection for 2021, joining ‘Love’, ‘Nurture’ and ‘Be Kind’. Every piece of work inspired by human nature and nature.

Hannah invites you to embrace the fragility of human nature and start collecting her Words lino prints. They are perfect for those family, friends, children or yourself...’Hope’ is a visual reminder that there is always hope even if it comes in the form that you least expect it.

Hannah Turlington is a printmaker, living and practicing in North Yorkshire, whose work is defined as fine art, designs, workshops, (both online and face to face) and commissions. Hannah specialises in telling stories with her art. She says:

‘I am a story teller and I use my work to tell those stories. Sometimes they belong to me; Sometimes they belong to others but usually they belong to all of us’.

Hannah goes through a multi staged process to make the print; collecting inspiration, illustrating, carving the block and then finally printing before sending through your door.  Hannah’s distinctive style is highly detailed and it is enhanced by her choice of colour.

‘Hope’ is hand printed to order by Hannah in her North Yorkshire studio. ‘Nurture’ is 20 cm by 15 cm, printed in Vibrant Green onto, just under, A4 sized printmaking paper. Each print is signed by Hannah.

‘Hope’: an original lino print, from her Words collection, is available through Hannah’s website , priced £15 including postage in the UK.

Follow Hannah on Instagram: hannahturlingtonart

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Masterchef Champion joins artists for Easter collaboration at The Stables at 94

MasterChef's 2019 champion, Irini Tzortzoglou, recently used The Stables at 94 as the venue for her Greek Easter-themed photo shoot.

With the additional help of ceramics from Miles-Moore Ceramics, glassware from Nettle + Tansy, photography by Victoria Sedgwick and flowers by Victoria Williams, the event was a great success, helping to beat the lockdown blues and promote local talent.

The joyful collaboration provided the perfect setting for Irini and her Greek Easter feast. From sumptuous savouries to delicious sweets, the culinary expertise that led to her MasterChef victory was on show throughout. Combining the traditional Easter soup of magiritsa with a selection of savoury muffins, tastebuds were already tingling before the introduction of best end neck of lamb, accompanied by vegetables in filo parcels.

All of this was joined by an array of differently flavoured tsoureki - the much-loved sweet Easter bread - and a bread and butter pudding with some of that tsoureki inside. Of course, no Easter feast would be complete without Easter eggs, and Irini's was no exception. Cracked to symbolise the fact that "Christ is risen", her eggs were dyed naturally using red onion skins to signify the blood He shed for the salvation of humankind.

Those who would like to try Irini's recipes for themselves, including the Easter tsoureki and kleftiko-style lamb, can find them listed below:

Easter Lamb


Serves 4

4 pieces of lamb rump, 170g each

1 courgette, approx. 200g, washed, trimmed and cut in small cubes

1 sweet potato, approx. 250g, peeled and cut in small cubes

2 parsnips, peeled and cut in small cubes

100g frozen peas

6 small plumb tomatoes, cut in half

75g butter

3 tbp extra virgin olive oil

½ lemon, juice and zest

1 preserved whole lemon, sliced

1 tsp dried oregano

4 small sprigs of rosemary



1.          Preheat the oven to 1900C.


2.          Wash and pat dry the lamb.  Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.


3.          Bring a large frying pan to a high heat. Add olive oil and brown the lamb all round, adding 25g of butter too and basting the meat with.   Transfer to a dish and keep to the side

4.          Add the chopped vegetables to the same frying pan, apart from the halved tomatoes, season and stir for 2-3 minutes.  Add 50g of butter, toss the vegetables to flavour and transfer to a bowl.  Last, brown the tomato halves on the cut side and add to the vegetables too.

5.          Cut four pieces of baking parchment large enough to make parcels of each piece of lamb and a quarter of the vegetables and lay them on a baking sheet.  In the centre of each piece of paper, place a quarter of the vegetables, sprinkle with a pinch of dried oregano and a little lemon zest and juice, close the parcels making a pleat all along the middle and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.  At the end of this time, add the lamb to each parcel placing a piece of preserved lemon over the lamb and a sprig of rosemary, a sprinkling of pepper and salt and close again.    Cook for 15-20 minutes more (depending on how cooked you want your lamb) and take out of the oven.

6.          Leave each parcel to rest for 5 minutes and serve.

Easter Tsoureki

Ingredients (makes 4 tsourekia):

200g condensed milk

275g caster sugar

3 eggs, beaten

150ml sunflower oil

150ml melted butter, plus extra for kneading

100g fresh yeast

1 tsp baking powder

1.4-1.5kg strong flour

1 tsp masticha tears, ground into powder

1 tsp mahlepi

½ tsp ground cardamom

1 tbsp vanilla extract

½ orange, juice and zest

1 egg white for brushing

2-3 tbsp almond flakes


1.          In a medium sized pan melt over low heat the sugar and the condensed milk stirring continuously.  Add the beaten eggs, sunflower oil and vanilla extract and whisk to incorporate everything together.  Leave until tepid before using.

2.          In a large bowl if kneading by hand, or the bowl of your standing mixer, put 400ml tepid water and melt the fresh yeast by whisking it thoroughly.  Add the contents of the saucepan to the yeast and all the remaining ingredients apart from the flour.  Whisk to mix well.

3.          Start adding the flour gradually mixing with your hands continuously.  You should aim for a dough that is soft and pliable, perhaps even a little sticky.    The way to deal with that and help with the texture of the dough is to grease your hands with a little melted butter and continue kneading.   By hand, knead for around 10 minutes for a glossy and stringy dough, in the mixer you will need less kneading time, around 6-7 minutes on medium speed.

4.          Put the dough in a slightly greased large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel and put in your oven which should be preheated at 50 0C.  Leave the dough in the oven for 2-3 hours until it doubles in volume.   

5.          Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface,  punch out the air from it and roll into a thick sausage shape.  Cut into 4 equal size pieces and roll again each one into a sausage shape.  Cut each again in three or four.  I use four strands to make my plats but you can make them with only three.     

6.          You may leave your plats straight or join their two ends to form a round ‘koulouri’ shape.    Put the tsourekia onto lined baking tins and leave to rise again.  Do not put them anywhere where the temperature is over 40 degrees as the dough will spread and the tsourekia will end up being flat. 

7.          When the tsourekia have risen, beat the egg white to loosen and brush them.  Sprinkle with almond flakes or other  things you like such as poppy seeds, sesame, etc.

8.          Preheat the oven to 180 0C and bake the tsourekia for 25-30 minutes.   Place a shallow tin with some  boiling water on the bottom of the oven for even fluffier tsourekia.

9.          If you make smaller or bigger tsourekia,  you will need to adjust the baking time. 

Irini said ‘Collaboration in these challenging times lifts us up. Working together not only makes us smile, but also provides inspiration, meaning and hope for our future as creatives and artists, which is what this event was all about. Information about the artists involved in the event can be found below.

For more of Irini Tzortzoglou’s mouthwatering recipes, visit or her Instagram @irinitzortzoglou. For Easter-specific recipes, call her on 07876 245563.

For information on Siobhan and Martin Miles-Moore's work, visit or Instagram @MilesMooreClay.

To commission photography by Victoria Sedgwick, visit or Instagram @victoria.sedgwick.

To view the stunning hand-blown glasses of Nettle + Tansy founder Emma Mackintosh, visit or Instagram @nettleandtansyhome.

For Victoria Williams’ fabulous flower arrangements, visit or Instagram @the_flower_bank.

To follow more adventures at The Stables at 94, visit Instagram @TheStablesat94.

Irini Tzortzoglou

Irini Tzortzoglou is a celebrity chef, author, business woman and motivational speaker. Both Irini’s talent and fire for cooking has led to a breadth of challenging work projects – from appearing and winning MasterChef 2019 and shooting Instagram Live videos with Michelin Star celebrities, to lecturing at universities and authoring her own cookbooks.

Irini won UK Masterchef in 2019 by wowing the judges with her signature red mullet with squid risotto, griddled rosemary lamb chops, and handcrafted hazelnut baklava and fig leaf ice cream. That year, the champion chef also held a culinary retreat at a 5-star hotel in Crete her home.

In 2020, Irini published her first cookbook with Headline, Under the Olive Tree: Recipes from my Greek Kitchen. She is currently working on the copy for her second book, which is due spring 2022.

Irini has recently helped develop recipes for a brand of Greek feta – a true cheese lover!

A little closer to home – Irini now delivers cooking and nutrition classes to culinary enthusiasts at Cumbria University. The classes, called UNI.YUM, focus on ensuring university students prepare for, cook, and eat beautifully balanced meals while creating minimal waste, whilst discovering the mental and emotional benefit of own cooking.

When she’s not wowing uni students with her resourceful approach to food shopping and cooking, Irini is inspiring the public by regularly being published and appearing in the media as well as appearing on the BBC.  Irini is also the darling of the Greek media, often interviewed for TV and press in Greece but also the US, Australia and Canada.  She has over 15k followers through social media and other channels.

Irini was born in a small village on the island of Crete, where the food heritage stems right back to the Minoan civilisation.

From a young age, she loved to explore the traditional Greek flavours of wild ingredients that grew on her doorstep – and she admired how they were always fresh, wholesome, and readily available.

Irini quickly learned how to forage for food and eventually grew her own, too; her hunter-gatherer activities are huge inspirations to the way she cooks today.

While living on the island, she also became potently aware that our shopping and cooking behaviours affect the planet.

Irini makes a conscious effort to choose local, avoid wastage, and to use where possible environmentally friendly options to assist her cooking.

Her heritage really is in the eye of her cooking – this is evident by the use of wine, cheese, herbs, fruits, filo, succulent seafood and abundance of juicy meats in her dishes.

Irini’s degree in Art, Architecture and Design from Kingston University has a lot to do with the artistic flair and daring displays of aesthetics you’ll see in her dishes.

Though it was her upbringing and family which inspired her to enter MasterChef, one could argue it was her creativity and ability to present food as art which earned her the winning status!

Irini is also a trained olive oil sommelier and enjoys informing on the health and flavour benefits of extra virgin olive oil.

Irini regularly has produced cooking videos for two charities – Kids on the Green and Royal Voluntary Service.  She has been recently appointed an ambassador of Slow Food UK and is working with a leadership expert in creating food-centred corporate retreats to help people in business re-connect and re-energize for the post-Covid era.

Irini is currently working with a villa holiday specialist to offer culinary weeks in Crete in Summer 2021 and with a top hotel operator to do the same in Corfu in the Autumn.

When she has spare time she loves walking in the beautiful Lake District where she lives.

Before she became a competition-winning chef, Irini spent 30 years in the banking industry

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Rebellious Entrepreneur Celebrates three awards and £110k in just one year

 An award-winning virtual networking entrepreneur is bucking the trend by enjoying huge growth after just one year in business.

Since launching Rebellious Business at the start of the first covid-19 lockdown, founder Cordelia Kate has seen more than £110,000 in sales and attracted more than 600 new members.

The Rebellious Business Network hosts free events for emerging entrepreneurs bringing members upbeat networking, training, expert speakers, and resources every week.

Cordelia, who was recognised by Business Insider as one the 10 female social media experts you should know, said: “Just before lockdown, all of the networking groups and large conferences were getting cancelled, so I decided to start The Rebellious Business Network to keep business owners connected through the coming months of social distancing.

“My mantra was that social distancing does have to mean social disconnection.”

Being recognised by Business Insider was just one of the accolades received by Cordelia and Rebellious Business.

She also received the Nick James Masterminder of the Year award and was runner up in the Best New Business category of the Women in Business Awards.

Cordelia was delighted to receive these awards within her first year of trading.

She said: “The launch of the network led to so many incredible achievements such as our first virtual conference and launching a Mastermind, both things were long term goals that I didn’t expect to reach so quickly.”

With many people turning to online courses and coaches to keep themselves active, the Rebellious community helps members get to know each other, offering a network of support and collaboration.

Cordelia has no intention of staying entirely virtual and has her sights set on future in-person events.

“All of this success has of course led on to having even bigger dreams for the impact we can create in the future,” said Cordelia.

“When all this lockdown drama is behind us, I want to launch a Rebellious Business Festival - a fun and upbeat conference where emerging entrepreneurs come to get a fully immersive and exuberating experience that leaves them feeling excited, energised and ready to implement strategies that will help them achieve the success they are striving for.

“The desire to do this perhaps stems from the fact that my father founded the Isle of Wight festivals.

“There are fun events running through my blood and I want to bring this to the business world. We are on a mission to paint the business world with personality and we are only just getting started with that,” she added.

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